Filling in a gap in Frank Sinatra's history, Legacy's 2015 box A Voice on Air collects over 100 radio broadcasts recorded between 1935 and 1955. This is the first collection to chronicle this era – over 90 of its 100 tracks are previously unreleased – and it's pulled from a variety of sources, including the Sinatra estate's vaults, the Library of Congress, and the Paley Center for Media, each strand assisting in sterling re-creations of original broadcasts from Frank's bobbysocks days, World War II, and the nascent saloon singer of the '50s. Sinatra wound up singing some of these songs in the studio but not necessarily in these arrangements, a wrinkle that would be tantalizing enough but a good portion of A Voice on Air is devoted to songs he only sang on the air.
It is an honor to announce that we will be releasing mouse on the keys' new album Tres on May 23rd! We were fortunate enough to work with them on their Out of Body EP and a split with LITE, and we're so happy to keep this train rolling. Over the past 12 years, mouse on the keys has cultivated an entire genre unto themselves by blurring the lines between jazz, funk, post‐rock, and electronic music. Their unique sound includes two pianos, two keyboards and drums, and they continue to stand at the forefront of the Japanese music scene. Fans of LITE and Giraffes? Giraffes!, take note! Tres will be released on 12" vinyl, CD, and digitally May 23rd.
Most of this CD is the complete output by Curtis Mosby & His Dixieland Blue Blowers, one of the top jazz bands active in Los Angeles in the 1920s. Although the soundtrack from its appearance in the 1929 movie Hallelujah is not here, this disc has the first-time release of two numbers from a scratchy 1924 test pressing. Otherwise, the eight selections and four alternate takes from 1927-1929 are full of spirit and strong musicianship, with highlights including "Weary Stomp," "Whoop 'Em Up Blues," "Blue Blower's Blues," "Hardee Stomp," and three versions of "Tiger Stomp."